RNS Number : 6206D
DFS Furniture plc
28 April 2017

28 April 2017

DFS Furniture plc

Director appointment

DFS Furniture plc ("DFS" or the "Group") is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Durant as Chairman with effect from 2 May 2017.

Ian is currently Chairman at Greggs plc and Capital and Counties Properties plc. He has also held non-executive directorships at Home Retail Group, where he was Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee, and Greene King plc, where he was Chairman of the Audit Committee and Senior Independent Director.

Ian has over 35 years' experience in retail and logistics, and has an established financial background. As a qualified chartered accountant, Ian has held senior executive financial positions at a broad range of FTSE 250 companies, with notable roles including Finance Director at Liberty International plc and Group Finance Director at Thistle Hotels plc.

Commenting, DFS Chief Executive Officer Ian Filby said:

"I am delighted to welcome Ian to the DFS Board as Chairman. His wealth of relevant experience will help drive us forward and continue the progression from being a great British business to a world-class business.


We would also like to reiterate our sincere thanks to Richard Baker, for his outstanding service as a Director and Chairman, and wish him all the best for the future."


Commenting on his new appointment, Ian Durant said:

"I have long respected DFS and its success over the past few years. I look forward to joining as Chairman and working with the team to maximise the clear opportunities for the Group's further progress."


There are no further details in respect of Ian Durant requiring disclosure under Listing Rule 9.6.13.



DFS Furniture (via FTI Consulting)

Ian Filby (CEO)

Nicola Bancroft (CFO)

Mike Schmidt (Director of Corporate Finance)

Paul Walker (Group Company Secretary)


FTI Consulting

Jonathan Brill

Georgina Goodhew

Eleanor Purdon

+44 (0) 20 3727 1000




About DFS Furniture plc

DFS is the clear market leading retailer of upholstered furniture in the United Kingdom.  We design, manufacture, sell and deliver to our customers an extensive range of upholstered furniture products.  The business operates a retail network of upholstered furniture stores in the United Kingdom and Europe, together with an online channel.  These have been established and developed gradually over more than 47 years of operating history.  We attract customers to our stores and website through our substantial and continued investment in nationwide marketing activities and our reputation for high quality products and service, breadth of product ranges and price points and favourable consumer financing options. 



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